Pollination Project Seed Grant

The Pollination Project

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 13, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Our Mission

The Pollination Project seeks to unleash the goodness in every person. Through a daily practice of generosity and giving, we make seed grants- 365 days a year- to social change agents who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all.

Our Values

The Pollination Project values “compassion consciousness.”

Compassion consciousness means we think through and acknowledge the impact of our choices and our work: from the food we eat, to the questions we ask, to the office supplies we use, to the projects we fund and, ultimately, to the institutions and systems we challenge.

As we are deeply interconnected to all life, we play an integral role in supporting or obstructing its ability to thrive, through our thoughts, words, and deeds. Every person has the potential and power to transform our world, and that change starts with ourselves. How we show up is like the soil in which we plant our intentions, vision and hope for the world. If we are fearful, anxious, angry and resentful, what we plant will reflect this. If our soil is rich with love, compassion, beauty and joy, what we plant will be loving, compassionate, beautiful and joyful. As we are, so our work is.

As Dr. Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Compassion consciousness includes lifting up the oppressed, the unseen and the voiceless. Expanding compassion towards ALL life: human and non-human, is our highest intention.

We seek to fund at the very grassroots. We are interested in projects that are created by and with those who are most impacted. We look to fund people and teams who have considered the many ways their project impacts life, directly and indirectly, all over the world and who have made thoughtful choices about how to achieve their goals.

Project Funding Areas

  • Animal Rights & Welfare
  • Arts & Culture
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health & Wellness
  • Human Rights & Dignity
  • Kindness & Generosity
  • Leadership Development
  • Schools & Education
  • Youth

Pollination Project Seed Grant

The Purpose of a Pollination Project Seed Grant is to support passionate, committed people with an early-stage social change vision. 

Our Grants are designed to:

  • Support passionate, committed people with a social change vision.
  • Support projects in their early stage of development and where a small amount of money will go a very long way – we want to kick start your dreams for a better world.
  • Help ensure sustainability of your work – during review, we often ask: “what happens once the grant runs out?”
  • Cover costs such as supplies, program materials, direct travel expenses, website fees, discounted professional services, printing, copying, promotional costs, technical support.
  • Pay for 501(c)(3) filing fees and expenses only if your project meets our specific conditions.
    • Please read more about the funding conditions here.
  • Support projects with a clear target audience, and a compelling plan to reach and impact that target audience in a positive way.
    • If your project involves video or other media production, then this element of your plan will receive particularly careful attention from our team.
  • Support projects that do not expect to earn profit, or where any income will be used for a purely charitable effort. We do also offer Pay it forward loans to support for-profit social benefit projects.
  • Cover costs similar to these examples.

The goal of our funding is to provide the means for individuals and small, not yet established, organizations to really kick start their work. If you currently pay any full time staff members on a regular basis, then you likely do not qualify for a grant with The Pollination Project.

We consider ongoing expenses to be things like paying rent on an existing lease, paying utility bills, or other costs that generally keep the lights on for an already established organization but do not directly lead to the future sustainability or expansion of a project.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We fund individuals and community groups, and you do not need 501(c)3 status to apply.


  • We cannot support projects which directly conflict with our mission and values, such as those which involve the farming of any animals.
    • We do not fund projects that support the consumption, distribution, farming, eating of animals or animal products.
    • We do not fund projects that attempt to colonize or otherwise oppress people through aligning with systemic or institutionalized racism, speciesism, classism, ableism or homophobia.
  • We do not make grants to projects that have well established funding sources, or that have any paid staff.
  • We do not make grants to projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
  • We cannot support projects that influence the outcome of any specific election for candidates to public office, inducing or encouraging violations of law or public policy or causing any improper private benefit to occur.
  • We do not award grants that require grant payments via Moneygram, Western Union or any other cash-based payment system.
  • We cannot fund the following specific costs:
    • Scholarships, training fees or travel fees for one person to attend a training
    • Computers, tablets, or other technology where the primary benefit is for one person, or where the project only needs the equipment for short term use
    • Animal products of any kind – including, but not limited to, meat, dairy, leather, and wool
    • T-shirts
    • Food for meetings, training sessions, or gatherings
    • Items which are to be donated to others on a one time basis (such as clothing, medical supplies, and textbooks)
    • Payments to the grantee or a member of the grantee’s family for their time or services
    • One time use or disposable items
    • Paper products which do not make use of either 100% recycled materials, or the most ecologically sound alternative if recycled is not available
    • GMO seeds, synthetic/chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and other similar products which are harmful to the environment and to those who use them